Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Tony Harding


Pillar 1914-18 1939-45 Welfare Centre





Map ref

NZ 245680

Original Location

The grounds of the Welfare Clinic.

Present Location

Central Park, Gosforth, Moor Road North.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 28th January 1925 by the Duke of Northumberland.
b. Second plaque added 1949.

Memorial Description

Column, octagonal, with Palladian-type finial, on a pedestal set on three steps. Total height approx. 12 feet. The dedications are carried on bronze plaques set into sunken panels on front and back on which the lettering is in raised Roman lettering.

Materials used

Carlisle red sandstone, bronze plaques.


On front:
This column and adjacent building
were erected by public subscription
to the memory of the men of Gosforth
who fell in the Great War
Their names are inscribed on a tablet
in the vestibule of the building.

On rear:
The hall to the west of this stone
erected with public subscription
was dedicated on Remembrance Day
the 6th November 1949
as a memorial
to those who gave their lives
whilst serving in H.M. Forces
and the Merchant Navy
in the 1939-1945 War.



Who commissioned

Gosforth War Memorial Committee



How money was raised

From War Memorial Fund

Present condition

Restored c.2000
Restored again in March/April 2016 by Corinthia, conservation specialists.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

N. Kindred, Swalwell. City Surveyor

Ownership and maintenance

Newcastle City Council


1. The second plaque refers to the maternity and child welfare centre, located in Church Road, Gosforth. See G9.20

2. In 1919 10 was given on behalf of Woodbine Road Methodist Church towards the Gosforth War Memorial.

3. In 2016 the original brick plinth had deteriorated, and was repaired with Cumbrian sandstone

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: P. Thirkell; T. Harding; Dorothy Procter

Morpeth Herald 23/01/1925 reports proposed unveiling by Duke of Northumberland.

Illustrated Chronicle 29/01/1920 reports unveiling with photos.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 17/01/1925 reports proposed unveiling; 31/01/1925 reports unveiling.

Catalogue of Sculpture, Monuments and Memorials in Public Places in Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Council Summer 1985

At the Going Down of the Sun, Derek Boorman.

External web link

Additional Research documents (click to download)

Research acknowledgements

The late Lillie Bailey; F. McDonald (Newcastle City Council, 1985); Gosforth Local History Society; J. Brown; David Heslop (Tyne-Wear County Archaeologist), P. Thirkell; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall; Kevin Milburn; James Croft (Corinthia); Friends of Gosforth Central Park

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